Muni Projects Up To 50 Percent More Expensive for Consumers

Recently, as part of a larger initiative, the administration announced its plan calling for the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to overturn state laws that determine how cities deploy their own Internet services. AAF examined all of the residential fiber broadband offerings by municipalities and found that municipal plans were 20 to 50 percent more costly to consumers than private broadband providers.

Restoring the Bipartisan Promise of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 provided reauthorization—as well as onerous state maintenance of effort requirements –for CHIP through 2019, funding for CHIP was only extended to September 2015. Of course, this is problematic. Due to the “maintenance of effort” provision in the law, states will be required to continue providing coverage to CHIP enrollees whether or not they receive any federal funds. 

Sue and Settle Reform, SCRUB Act Could Save $48 Billion, 1.5 Billion Hours

The U.S. House is expected to vote soon on two pieces of legislation to streamline and provide increased oversight to the regulatory system. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act would curb practice known as “sue and settle,” where special interests are given a say in significant federal regulations and the SCRUB Act (Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome), which would establish an independent commission with the goal of reducing cumulative regulatory burdens by at least 15 percent. According to research from the American Action Forum (AAF), savings from these bills could total $48 billion annually and save 1.5 billion paperwork burden hours.

The “RAPID” Act; H.R. 712, The “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015;” and The “SCRUB Act”

It is because regulatory reform has failed so often in the past that we continue to talk about its place in the future. Whether it’s the failure of agencies to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Congressional Review Act, or the current executive orders, it’s clear there are opportunities for meaningful reform that address cumulative burdens and the regulatory process. The proposed legislation could generate substantial regulatory savings. 

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